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Notice of Solicitation of Project Ideas
Posted by: Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
July 14, 2017

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana. We will consider a range of activities under the following restoration types:
  • Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
  • Nutrient Reduction (Non-Point source)
Information on these restoration types and the Oil Pollution Act and criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated can be found in the programmatic restoration plan and in the overview of the plan.

You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration within these restoration types to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. If you have submitted project ideas in the past in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and we will retrieve and consider them.

New or revised project ideas should be submitted through the Trustee portal or the Louisiana portal by August 14, 2017. Projects submitted after the deadline will be considered in future restoration planning efforts.

We will develop one or more draft restoration plans to benefit these restoration types. We will consider projects that address both restoration types and projects that will be implemented in phases. Submittals should include information about all project phases. We may also develop our own restoration projects for consideration.

Please contact us at LATIG@LA.gov if you have any questions. We look forward to considering your restoration project ideas.

Posted July 14, 2017.


Notice of Intent to Draft Restoration Plan to Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities in Louisiana
Posted by: Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
June 19, 2017

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is beginning the process of drafting a restoration plan to address lost recreational opportunities caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan will include projects under the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” restoration type. It will be consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP).The plan will evaluate up to $22 million in projects using funds that had been originally allocated to the Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center early restoration project.

We began this restoration planning effort in November 2016 by requesting project ideas from the public. The comment period for project ideas closed on June 16. We greatly appreciate your input and are reviewing your project ideas. We will continue to consider them in our restoration planning efforts.

We expect to release a draft restoration plan and associated environmental analyses this year. The public will be given the opportunity to review and provide input on the proposed plan, including specific projects proposed for implementation. After the public comment period ends, we will review, consider, and incorporate public comments, as appropriate, before releasing a final restoration plan.

Posted June 19, 2017.


Notice of Solicitation of Project Ideas
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
March 28, 2017

The Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana. The LA TIG’s focus of these current planning activities is on the restoration type that restores and conserves wetland, coastal and nearshore habitats in Barataria Basin, the estuary where the heaviest and most persistent shoreline oiling occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Consistent with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), the LA TIG is particularly interested in restoration approaches identified in the PDARP that can sustainably create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands and restore and/or preserve Mississippi River processes.

You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration within this restoration type (“Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats”) and identified geographic area to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. If you have submitted project ideas in the past in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, you may simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and we will retrieve and consider them. Please submit any new or revised project ideas through the Gulf Spill Restoration portal or the Louisiana portal by April 30, 2017.

Information on the restoration type that restores and conserves wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitats and the Oil Pollution Act and PDARP criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated, can be found in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and in the overview of the PDARP/PEIS.

This notice is issued on behalf of the LA TIG, which consists of the following state and federal trustees: the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted March 28, 2017.


Notice for Initiation of Restoration Planning
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
November 23, 2016

The Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) is planning activities to restore for lost recreational opportunities caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana.

In June 2014, the Deepwater Horizon Trustees allocated $22 million to the Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center (LMFERSC) project, which was intended to provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities. However, site issues that arose during planning and development precluded the Louisiana TIG from moving forward with the project as initially proposed. Therefore, the Louisiana TIG provides this notice to the public that it will be evaluating projects to be implemented within the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” Restoration Type using the $22 million in funds originally earmarked for the LMFERSC project.

You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration within the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” Restoration Type to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. If you have submitted project ideas in the past in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you will not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, you may simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and they will be retrieved and considered as part of this process. Please submit your project ideas by December 23, 2016.

Information on the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” Restoration Type that we are considering for restoration activities, as well as the Oil Pollution Act criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated, can be found in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and in the overview of the PDARP/PEIS.

This notice is issued on behalf of the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group, which consists of the following state and federal trustees: the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted November 23, 2016.



Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Begins Drafting First Restoration Plan


Posted by: Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group | August 17, 2016

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is drafting its first restoration plan to address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan will be drafted consistent with the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan.

We began this restoration planning effort on July 12, 2016, by requesting project ideas from the public. We requested project ideas that could benefit:
  • wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitats in Barataria, Terrebonne, and Pontchartrain basins;
  • habitat projects on federally managed lands in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve; and
  • birds.
We greatly appreciate the input provided to date. We are reviewing your project ideas, and they will be considered as we identify and screen project proposals.

We expect to release a draft restoration plan before the end of the year, and will ask for public comment. After the public comment period ends, we will review, consider, and incorporate public comments before releasing a final restoration plan.



Notice for Initiation of Restoration Planning
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
July 12, 2016

The Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for 2016-2017 and would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana. Because of the significant impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on particular resources and locations in Louisiana, we are focusing our efforts on the following Restoration Types and geographic areas:

(1) Restore and Conserve Habitat—Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, in Barataria Basin;

(2) Restore and Conserve Habitat—Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, in Terrebonne Basin;

(3) Restore and Conserve Habitat—Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, in Pontchartrain Basin;

(4) Restore and Conserve Habitat—Habitat projects on Federally Managed Lands, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve; and

(5) Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources—Birds.

You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration within these Restoration Types and geographic areas to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. If you have submitted project ideas in the past in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you will not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, you may simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and they will be retrieved and considered as part of this process. Please submit your project ideas by August 12, 2016.

Information on the Restoration Types we are considering for restoration activities in 2016-2017, as well as the Oil Pollution Act criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated, can be found in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and in the overview of the PDARP/PEIS.

This notice is issued on behalf of the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group, which consists of the following state and federal trustees: the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted July 12, 2016.